The Federal

Celebrating 15 Years In Durham’s Historic Brightleaf District

The Federal first opened in March of 2004, after three guys got together and saw a need for a solid neighborhood bar that celebrated Durham. But not just any neighborhood bar, one that served simple but fantastic food, that would exceed expectations. And with this good food came good beer – 14 micros from around the country and a solid bottle selection.

8/31 Dinner





Italian Gorgonzola, Arugula,

Pine Nuts, Balsamic Syrup, Baked Pita $9


Chicken Liver & Shiitake Pâté

Spicy Pepper Jam, Blackberry Jam, French Mustards,

Capers, Pickled Okra, Balsamic Syrup, Crostini $12



Zebra Tomato Salad

Brinkley Farms Green Zebra Tomatoes, Shaved Carrots, Red Onion,

Pickled Radish, Roasted Almonds, Mixed Greens, Champagne Grapefruit Vinaigrette $10



Pork Belly Salad

Bluebird Meadows Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Asian BBQ Lardon,

Shaved Red Onion, Roasted Pine Nuts, Arugula, White Wine Vinaigrette $11



Fried Chicken Sandwich

Hickory Smoked Bacon, Arugula, Tomato,

Pickled Red Onion, Havarti, Dijon Honey Mustard on Brioche

Served with Fries or Salad $13



 Short Rib Ravioli

Bluebird Meadows Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Ellerbe Creek Sweet Peppers,

Sautéed Kale, Parmesan, Pineapple Sage Beef Brodo $14